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Acne is a term used for plugged pores in the skin (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and cysts that appear on many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest, back, buttocks, shoulders and even the legs and upper arms. Acne is not restricted to any age group; although it is most common among teenagers, adults in their twenties to forties often get acne. Acne is not dangerous to your health, but it can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring. The different types of acne include:

  • Pimples are small swellings that at times contain pus.
  • Blackheads are dark formations due to oil accumulation in blocked skin pores.
  • Whiteheads are small flesh-white bumps due to skin pore blockage.
  • Cysts are closed sacs deeper in the skin that contain fluid or semisolid substances.

The key to getting rid of acne lesions and preventing new ones from forming lies in understanding the following:

1. Resolution can take time: Acne does not clear overnight and on average, 6 to 8 weeks are needed to see initial results. Once acne significantly improves or clears, continued treatment is needed to keep it from re-appearing.

2. What works for one person may not work for another: Many factors affect resolution, including the cause(s) of the acne, a person skin type and the kind of acne lesions present.

Acne Treatment FAQs

FAQs…

1. What causes acne?
2. I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?
3. Does stress cause acne?
4. I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?
5. What role does diet play in acne?
6. Does the sun help acne?
7. What is the best way to treat acne?
8. How does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ work?
9. Does it matter what skin type I am in order to be treated for acne with ELOS™?
10. How many acne skin care treatments do I need to have prior to seeing results?
11. Does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ hurt?
12. Who will perform the IPL acne skin treatment on me?
13. How much does your IPL acne skin treatment cost?

Answers…

1. What causes acne?

Many factors contribute to acne but the main ones are hormonal, bacterial and inflammatory disturbances that take place at the level of the oil pore (pilosebaceous unit which is made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair). In summary, there are four major causes of acne and they are: Overactive oil glands, blockage of the skin pores, activity of normal skin bacteria, and inflammation.

2. I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?

Washing alone will not clear up or prevent acne. Washing does, however, help remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Many people use all kinds of products, including alcohol-based cleansers, and scrub vigorously, only to irritate the skin further and worsen their acne. Washing the skin twice a day gently with water and a mild soap is usually all that is required. However, acne is actually caused by a variety of biologic factors that are beyond the control of washing. For that reason, you should use appropriate acne treatments for the acne.

3. Does stress cause acne?

Stress is commonly blamed for the development of acne. Stress can have many physiologic effects on the body, including changes in hormones that may theoretically lead to acne. In some cases the stress may actually be caused by the acne lesions, not the other way around! If the acne is being treated effectively, stress is not likely to have much impact on the majority of people.

4. I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?

Usually, acne begins at puberty and is gone by the early 20s. In some cases, acne may persist into adulthood. There are several reasons for this. As females get older, the pattern of changes in hormones may itself change, disposing sebaceous glands to develop acne. Ovarian cysts and pregnancy may also cause hormonal changes that lead to acne. Some women get acne when they discontinue birth control pills that have been keeping acne at bay. Sometimes young women may wear cosmetics that are comedogenic-that is, they can set up conditions that cause comedones to form.

5. What role does diet play in acne?

Acne is not caused by food. Following a strict diet will not, clear your skin. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences acne. Avoid any foods which seem to worsen your acne and, for your overall health, eat a balanced diet–but diet shouldn’t really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated.

6. Does the sun help acne?

There is no proven effect of sunlight on acne. In addition, ultraviolet light in sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. It is, therefore, not a recommended technique of acne management, especially since there are many other proven forms of treatment for acne. Moreover, many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, making the risk of ultraviolet light exposure all the worse.

7. What is the best way to treat acne?

Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. At Aura Laser Skin Care, our experienced staff will decide which acne skin care treatments will work best for you. In some cases of mild acne scarring, chemical peels may be used in some patients, while microdermabrasion or laser abrasion may benefit others. It is important that the acne be well controlled before any procedure is used to alleviate scarring.

8. How does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ work?

ELOS™ refers to the process of combining IPL or intense pulsed light with bi-polar RF or radio frequency to produce better safer acne skin care treatment results. The combined bi-polar radio frequency and blue light energies of ELOS™ penetrate skin to precisely target and destroy active-acne causing bacteria, while also slowing excessive sebaceous oil production.

9. Does it matter what skin type I am in order to be treated for acne with ELOS™?

No. ELOS™ IPL acne skin treatment is an effective and safe treatment for all skin types.

10. How many acne skin care treatments do I need to have prior to seeing results?

The number of IPL acne treatments will depend on the severity of your acne. During your initial consultation with our skin specialist, the number of treatments will be suggested to you depending on the severity of your acne.

11. Does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ hurt?

IPL Acne treatment with ELOS™ is a very safe and comfortable treatment. It requires no topical anesthetic and has no downtime. Cooling of the skin surface by applying a soft gel and using a cooling device will help ensure additional comfort and safety during the treatment. After your IPL acne treatment, most patients can return to their normal activities with the use of SPF35 or higher sun protection lotion.

12. Who will perform the IPL acne skin treatment on me?

You will be treated by a certified registered nurse or RN who has been trained on the use of the IPL device. All of our laser technicians are registered nurses.

13. How much does your IPL acne skin treatment cost?

Treatment cost varies depending on the area being treated. The cost and number of treatments will be discussed with you during your initial complimentary consult.


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